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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Durgan and Glendurgan - The Best of Both Worlds

I've been meaning to visit Glendurgan Garden for some time and during a recent trip to Cornwall I tentatively braved the Cornish lanes and somehow managed to arrive in one piece. Fortunately, the gardens were breathtaking and the journey soon forgotten as I headed off into the valleys along with my camera.


Glendurgan is a National Trust garden located above the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River, not far from Falmouth in Cornwall. Originally laid out in the 1820s and 1830s by Alfred Fox, his vision was to provide fruit and vegetables for the family and space for all twelve of his children to explore. Acquired by the National Trust in the 1960s, descendants of Alfred Fox still live in the house and the family continue to play an active role.
The garden has three valleys and features a selection of subtropical species and a bewildering cherry laurel maze that took me some time to fathom out. Words to the wise: take a bottle of water if you plan on attempting this on a sunny day.

The Cherry Laurel Maze

The Old School House

Cala lily and Irises
Under the palm

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Leaving the garden, it was time for the unspoilt hamlet of Durgan and making the most of the beach. The opportunity to visit a garden and end up at a beach isn't something that happens all that often and for that reason, it was the best of both worlds.



Chance of a cream tea from The Tea House: 100%
Dipping toes in the sea: Yes, if you're feeling brave.
Getting hopelessly lost in the maze: If you have no sense of direction then yes, you will get lost. It's all good fun though.
Plant spotting opportunities:  Too many to list. I'm only sorry that I don't know more of the names.


I'm left wondering why life isn't like this more often and why Tuesdays can't be more magical every week of the year. Here's to the great British summer and finding plenty of opportunities to get out and explore.

Glendurgan Garden Info

Glendurgan Garden website

Opening times: July, September and October 2015: Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10:30 - 17:30.
August: open every day from 10:30 - 17:30.

Admission:  National Trust members: Free, Adults: £8, Children £4, Under 5s: Free, Parking: £2 (all-day). Dogs are not allowed into the gardens.

Address: Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, TR11 5JZ

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